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Protesters rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner sing as they carry a collection of mock coffins bearing the names of victims of fatal police encounters in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

As police helicopters circle overhead, protesters gather at Foley Square near police headquarters in New York to show their disapproval in the Eric Graner case.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Fast-food workers and their supporters observe a moment of silence and prayer during a rally outside Los Angeles City Hall, advocating for $15-an-hour pay and better working conditions in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times

Bright lights illuminate the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA's Orion spacecraft mounted on top in the early hours of the morning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex in Florida.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Ingalls / Getty Images

A Delta IV heavy rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft lifts off at the launch complex 37B at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The two-orbit, four-hour unmanned flight test will evaluate the systems critical to crew safety.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel

Passing storm clouds provide the backdrop for an early morning stroll on the sand at the Santa Ana River inlet in Newport Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Residents check out a washed-out road and abandoned car in tire-deep mud after a storm sent mud and debris from the San Jacinto Mountains into Gilman Hot Springs, Calif. Fourteen people were rescued from five marooned cars.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A supporter of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta holds a sign as he celebrates in downtown Nairobi. Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court announced that they are withdrawing the case against Kenyatta, saying that the evidence they have against him is insufficient.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Irungu / EPA

Boys watch an amateur boxing bout sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Museum, in Qunu, South Africa, as the hometown of Nelson Mandela and the country celebrated the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing in Johannesburg.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Mist lies on the hills and forests at Fraeckmuentegg near Kriens, central Switzerland.


A fisherman fishes on a frozen lake in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russia groups. Although the September ceasefire reduced fighting along the frontline, daily clashes have continued in certain areas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric Feferberg / AFP/Getty Images

Prisoners apply makeup on models before a show in Neve Tirza prison in Ramle, where prisoners studying makeup application or hairdressing at the jail helped style the models.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated Press

Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli army water canon, during clashes over the Jewish settlement of Qadomem at Kofr Qadom village in the West Bank.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alaa Badarneh / EPA

Thai royalists light candles and sing anthems as they gather to celebrate the 87th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Narong Sangnak / EPA

A giant Ferris wheel is lighted up as it is used by passengers for the first time, in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Johannes Eisele / AFP/Getty Images

Protesters lay down in Grand Central Station after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a black man, days after a similar decision sparked renewed unrest in Missouri. Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo while being arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island.


A group of protesters rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner marches across the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge in the early morning hours of Dec. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

People lie in the middle of the West Side Highway during a protest after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was not indicted in Staten Island.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / AFP/Getty Images

A light but steady rain slows rush hour traffic on the Harbor Freeway through downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 3.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Chairlifts sit idle as the record-setting rain is keeping Snow Valley Ski Resort closed in Running Springs on Dec. 4. The mountain resorts in the San Bernardino mountains are barren without snow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Horses on the hills of Old Agoura horse community at moonrise on Nov. 6.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Historian Paul Thompson reads Gen. Walter Congreve's letter from the trenches describing the Christmas Day Truce of 1914 in Alrewas, England. The previously unpublished letter, donated by the general's family to the Staffordshire Council archives, tells how British and German soldiers agreed to the famous truce in no man's land, where they sang songs and played a football match, before returning to their trenches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

A truck unloads gravel on activists as they block access to the construction site of a holiday village project in the Chambaran Forest near Roybon, eastern France. After being postponed several times since 2007, the project has finally received a green light but protesters say it will be a disaster for the environment.


Orphaned Syrian children, who lost their parents in the 3 1/2 year conflict ravaging their country, wait for a party organized by a non-governmental organization called Douma Society, which was created in 1960 in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma, northeast of the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Dec. 4.


Kurdish fighters take up different positions to lure Islamic State militants to give their location in Kobani, Syria. Backed by small numbers of Iraqi peshmerga forces and Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish fighters are locked in fierce battles to push back militants of the Islamic State group, which swept into the town in mid-September.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jake Simkin / Associated Press

A sculpture made from umbrellas is displayed at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.


A Pakistani mother sits alongside her son, a thalassaemia patient, as he receives blood at a treatment center. Ten Pakistani children, from the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore, have been infected with HIV after receiving tainted blood transfusions, officials said, in a "shocking" case highlighting the abysmal state of blood screening in the country.


Fog spreads across an agricultural field in the early morning on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Lahore on Dec. 4.


Filipino activists and typhoon survivors mark the second anniversary of when Typhoon Bopha struck the country. Typhoon Bopha, locally named Pablo, left hundreds of people dead and rendered extensive damage to agriculture in the Philippines in 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated Press

A visitor looks at stamps displayed during the Malaysia 2014 World Youth Stamp Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition with about 200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries, marks 160 years of stamp usage in Malaysia.


Tennis player Serena Williams of the Singapore Slammers enters the court during the International Premier Tennis League competition in Singapore.


Jakoby Franklin, 3, peeks out from his protective blanket while his mother, Jay Johnson, pushes his stroller in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday morning as a record-setting rainstorm was tapering off.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Attorney Martin Wolf huddles under a big umbrella to send a text as he makes his way to Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Pedestrians make their way down a ramp to the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday morning. A record-setting storm covering Southern California was tapering off after triggering dozens of evacuations and putting city crews in Ventura and Los Angeles counties on alert for mudslides.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A woman walks through the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in Hong Kong early Wednesday. The original founders of the Occupy movement tearfully announced Tuesday that they would "surrender" by turning themselves in to police and urged protesters on the streets to retreat.


Somali security forces rush to the site of a blast near the heavily fortified gates of the airport in Mogadishu on Wednesday. At least four people were killed in Somalia's capital when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a U.N. convoy, police said. The convoy of armored vehicles was reportedly ferrying staff between the airport and a protected U.N. base in the city when it was hit.


Riot police officers stand in front of a burned bus after a protest in solidarity with jailed hunger striker Nikos Romanos outside Athens Polytechnic University in Greece on Tuesday. Twenty-one-year-old Romanos has been on a hunger strike since Nov. 10 after he was refused a furlough to attend classes at a technical university that he was accepted to. Police rounded up six people during clashes with protesters, after a bus and two cars were burned and other vehicles were overturned in central Athens.


A protester sets on fire several busts and photographs of former Guerrero state governors outside the state government palace in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, on Wednesday. Teachers demanding justice after 43 students went missing Sept. 26 in Iguala entered the government palace, forced workers inside to leave and set on fire several historical items related to past governors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alejandrino Gonzalez / Associated Press

Henry Needham walks to the front door of his red-tagged house on San Como Lane in Camarillo Springs, where residents were preparing for a major rainstorm moving into Southern California. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department issued voluntary evacuation orders in areas where it was feared that hillsides bared of brush by the Camarillo Springs fire in May 2013 could produce mud and debris flows.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Larry Barretta hammers steel stakes into the ground at the end of his driveway on Easley Canyon Road in Glendora to keep wooden barriers and sandbags in place to channel possible mudflows.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A tree decorated with paper hearts memorializes the lives of those lost to AIDS at the annual candlelight vigil by the Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee at Main Beach in recognition of World AIDS Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The Clippers' Matt Barnes, right, takes the ball from the Minnesota Timberwolves' Thaddeus Young but was called for a foul at Staples Center on Monday night. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves, 127-101.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Walter Fuller, right, scans the ocean for wildlife as he walks the beach with Roger Poirier at the Ormond Beach Wetlands in Oxnard. The volunteer greets visitors, acts as security guard and oversees the birds who flock to the wetlands area. His efforts are paying off — the California Coastal Conservancy is working to make Ormond Beach Wetlands an official wetlands area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Protesters outside the attorney general's office of the Mexican state of Guerrero vandalize government cars during violent demonstrations demanding accountability in the handling of the case of 43 missing students. Angry protesters set fire to five cars in renewed unrest over the students' presumed massacre.


Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss backstage at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

A diver explores the anchor of a 17th century ship off St. Vincent Cape on the so-called Costa Vicentina of South Portugal. The ship, commanded by Pedro Dias, sank in a storm in 1608 returning from the New World with a cargo of silver.


An archaeologist excavates remains of some of the more than 2,500 Soviet and Italian soldiers who died during World War II in a German prisoner of war camp near the city of Przemysl, Poland. The work is being conducted by an organization aiming to maintain war sites in Poland and turn them into memorials.


A Belarus student wears a gas mask during a fire safety drill at a school in the village of Krevo, some 100 kilometers northwest from Minsk.


An Afghan laborer wields an ax at a firewood yard in Kabul. The demand for firewood is increasing as cooler weather begins to take hold in the war-weary nation.


A foreign tourist tries to mimic the expression of a Naga women at the Hornbill Festival at the Kisama heritage village in the outskirts of Kohima, India The Hornbill Festival, one of the biggest events in the state, showcases the rich tradition and cultural heritage of the Naga people.


Indians take part in a candlelight vigil in Bangalore to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, the world's deadliest industrial accident, in which a Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked lethal gas that according to Indian officials killed more than 3,500 people. Protesters in Bhopal burned effigies representing Dow Chemical Co., which later acquired Union Carbide, and held signs demanding compensation.


The "Starlight Garden" holiday light display illuminates downtown Tokyo with 180,000 blue and white LED lights .


Police officers arrest a protester who was marching with other demonstrators in the westbound lane of Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles. Around 40 protesters marched against the recent verdict in Ferguson and to refocus attention on the LAPD's shooting death of Ezell Ford calling on LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to release the autopsy report in that case.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

South African children from the Zip Zap circus school perform during the World AIDS Day concert in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa has the world's highest HIV/AIDS infection rate with more than 6 million currently infected.


Indonesian activists wear masks and hold red ribbons during an AIDS day campaign in Surabaya, Indonesia. Dozens of activists staged a rally to mark the International AIDS Day in several cities in the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fully Handoko / EPA

A couple looks at a light sculpture called "House of Cards" by OGE Creative Group from Israel, near Central Station in Amsterdam. The sculpture is a playful part of the Amsterdam Light Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Dejong / Associated Press

Comedian Russell Brand carries Lois Cox through central London during a march for New Era housing estate residents against plans to evict them.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images

A police officer on patrol in South Belfast. Northern Ireland's police say they are increasing security operations before Christmas to combat an increasing threat from Irish Republican Army bombers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Morrison / Associated Press

Small- and medium-sized enterprise owners hold padlocks as they demonstrate in Paris to plead with the government to simplify regulations and make it easier and cheaper to hire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christophe Ena / Associated Press

War crimes suspect Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo awaits a judges' verdict on the appeal following his conviction two years ago for using child soldiers in a conflict in the Congo in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Kooren / AFP/Getty Images

A new-born orangutan baby is held by her 12-year-old mother, Jula, in the monkey house at Budapest Zoo in the Hungarian capital. The monkey baby was born on Nov. 24.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP/Getty Images

Madonna hugs her son David, left, while her daughter Mercy looks on in Kasungu, Malawi. Madonna is visiting the country, where she has been working since 2006 with her nonprofit organization, Raising Malawi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press

Kurdish people make the V sign while standing on a tree as they rally near the border with Syria in Sanliurfa, Turkey.


Women walk by the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City in Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock is the fought-over holy site between Jews and Muslims and is the prime attraction of the Haram es-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) or Temple Mount, which is sacred to Jews.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Young students study in a makeshift classroom set up on a main road at a major pro-democracy protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anthony Wallace / AFP/Getty Images

A firefighter at the scene where a Piper Cherokee 180 single-engine plane crashed attempting to land at a small airfield four miles west of Athens, Ala. Officials said two people have been hospitalized with serious injuries.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Gathany / Associated Press

Filipino residents salvage materials among debris following a fire that razed a slum area in Quezon city, east of Manila. According to the chief fire inspector, more than 200 families were left homeless after a predawn fire apparently caused by a lighted candle left unattended.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francis R. Malasig / EPA

An Emirati woman takes a photo in front of government-sanctioned graffiti titled "Our Journey," which marks the United Arab Emirates' 43rd National Day, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kamran Jebreili / Associated Press

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Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. In New York protesters rallying against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner carried mock coffins in Brooklyn bearing the names of victims of fatal police encounters.

Cape Canaveral, Fla.: A Delta IV rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft lifts off for a two-orbit, four-hour, unmanned test flight to evaluate the systems critical to crew safety.

Kobani, Syria: Kurdish fighters take up different positions to lure Islamic State militants into giving away their locations.

Hong Kong: The original founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy movement tearfully announced that they would turn themselves in to police and urged protesters on the streets to retreat.

Chilpancingo, Mexico: Demonstrators outside the attorney general’s office in the state of Guerrero smash government vehicles during a protest against the handling of the case of 43 missing students.

Kasungu, Malawi: Madonna, with her son David and daughter Mercy, is visiting Malawi, where she has been working since 2006 with her nonprofit organization Raising Malawi.

Costa Vicentina, Portugal: A diver explores an anchor of a ship that sank off the coast of Portugal in a storm in 1608 on its way back from the New World with a cargo of silver.

Roybon, France: A truck unloads gravel on activists as they block an access to a construction site in eastern France that has been postponed several times since 2007.

Bangalore, India: Protesters burn effigies representing Dow Chemicals and display placards demanding justice as they mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s deadliest industrial disaster.

Bangkok, Thailand: Thai royalists light candles and sing anthems as they gather to celebrate the 87th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital.

Laguna Beach: A tree memorializes the lives of those lost to AIDS during a candlelight vigil in recognition of World AIDS Day at Main Beach.

Add stops in Kenya, Switzerland, Israel, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates to round out the report.

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